Malaysia to help Philippines identify dead militants

February 10, 2012
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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines military said Friday (February 10th) Malaysia would send forensic experts in an effort to obtain proof that three of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects have been killed.

Manila said its US-backed airstrike last week on Jolo Island killed Malaysian Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir (aka Marwan), Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Pula (Doctor Abu or Umbra Jumdail) and top Jemaah Islamiyah leader Mohammad Ali (Muawiyah), as well as 12 junior figures, but was unable to provide immediate proof as bodies had been taken away by surviving militants.

Philippines military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Burgos said Friday police had gathered pieces of human tissue and blood after the strike, which would be looked into by Malaysian experts.

Jemaah Islamiyah is accused of carrying out many deadly attacks in Southeast Asia including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.


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